TV Ratings Friday: 'Dateline' Again Leads NBC Win; 'Karaoke Battle USA' Finishes Down

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September 17th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.58 5.63 3.84 2.10 1.75

NBC's Dateline was the top rated show of the night, but its 1.5 adults 18-49 rating was down 21% vs. last week (which featured Tom Brokaw looking back at 9/11). Earlier in the evening, the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards special scored a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. That's up 60% from the last time it was on broadcast TV (ABC, 9/18/2009).

NBC lead all English broadcast nets in adults 18-49 and total viewers on the night.

Karaoke Battle USA's season (series?) finale was down a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Following it, in what was billed as a season premiere (even though it never really has an "off" season) 20/20 had a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, up 20% vs. last Friday.

CBS's 48 Hours: Bullying: Words Can Kill special drew a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating at 8pm.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, September 16, 2011:

results via Marc Berman.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS 48 Hours: Bullying 1.0 4 4.73
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 1.0 4 2.55
NBC 2011 ALMA Awards 1.0 4 2.55
ABC Shark Tank -R 0.9 3 3.86
CW Ringer -R 0.6 2 1.90
9:00PM NBC Dateline NBC (9-11p) 1.5 5 5.44
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.8 3 5.76
ABC Karaoke Battle USA 0.7 2 3.20
FOX Fringe -R 0.6 2 1.64
CW The Secret Circle -R 0.5 2 1.61
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.2 4 4.48
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.9 3 6.39

Bonus Late Night ratings via NBC press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night (the San Diego market is currently excluded):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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